# BIN2OCT function

Converts a binary number to octal.

Syntax

BIN2OCT(number,places)

Number     is the binary number you want to convert. Number cannot contain more than 10 characters (10 bits). The most significant bit of number is the sign bit. The remaining 9 bits are magnitude bits. Negative numbers are represented using two's-complement notation.

Places     is the number of characters to use. If places is omitted, BIN2OCT uses the minimum number of characters necessary. Places is useful for padding the return value with leading 0s (zeros).

Remarks

• If number is not a valid binary number, or if number contains more than 10 characters (10 bits), BIN2OCT returns the #NUM! error value.
• If number is negative, BIN2OCT ignores places and returns a 10-character octal number.
• If BIN2OCT requires more than places characters, it returns the #NUM! error value.
• If places is not an integer, it is truncated.
• If places is nonnumeric, BIN2OCT returns the #VALUE! error value.
• If places is negative, BIN2OCT returns the #NUM! error value.

Example

The example may be easier to understand if you copy it to a blank worksheet.

• Create a blank workbook or worksheet.
• Select the example in the Help topic.

Note   Do not select the row or column headers.

Selecting an example from Help
• Press CTRL+C.
• In the worksheet, select cell A1, and press CTRL+V.
• To switch between viewing the results and viewing the formulas that return the results, press CTRL+` (grave accent), or on the Formulas tab, in the Formula Auditing group, click the Show Formulas button.
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Formula Description (Result)
=BIN2OCT(1001, 3) Converts binary 1001 to octal with 3 characters (011)
=BIN2OCT(1100100) Converts binary 1100100 to octal (144)
=BIN2OCT(1111111111) Converts binary 1111111111 to octal (7777777777)

Applies to:
Excel 2007